Monday, November 30, 2009
How A Marvel Fan's Letter Influenced Giant-Size Defenders #1
Nearly a year ago, I blogged about one of my favorite comics of all time, Giant-Size Defenders #1. Today another fan, Juan Ortiz, wrote in to tell me an interesting story about this comic:
When I was just a kid, I sent a letter to Marvel asking them to print giant-size comics, just like DC had been doing. Having been a Defenders fan back then, I suggested a giant-sized issue. For which I received a No-prize for. I also think my name was printed on the Defenders pin-up in this issue. Although I can't confirm it, since they spelled Juan with a T. It reads Tuan. But back then, my lettering was not the best. So it may have read as Tuan to them. Juan
Here you can see the double-page pin-up by Sal Buscema of my favorite non-team of all time. The three big guns--Hulk, Sub-Mariner, Doctor Strange--are front and center, with Valykrie and Silver Surfer flanking the sides. Look at the blurb on the lower right hand corner.
See you in our 25 cent Titan-fest, Tuan! I find this story entirely plausible--since a J can look like a T in certain circumstances. Or it may not have been your lettering, Juan--it could have been the Marvel staffers were high on ink fumes! I remember originally seeing this blurb when it was first published, and wondering who the heck Tuan was. Thirty plus years later, the mystery is solved!
Thanks for writing T--er, Juan! I hope you kept your No-Prize letter, I never got one. Nuff said.
Update: Here were 2 comments posted on my previous blogging platform: